# negative number

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## negative number

[¦neg·əd·iv ′nəm·bər]
(mathematics)
A real number that is less than 0.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Thus, a positive number multiplied by a positive number was modelled as repeated steps to the right thus yielding a positive result; a positive number multiplied by a negative number as repeated steps to the left thus yielding a negative result; and a negative number multiplied by a negative number as repeated backward steps facing left resulting in a distance to the right of zero and hence a positive result.
How then does one handle taking the square root of a negative number? Let us first examine a familiar approach to thinking about negative numbers.
There may be good reasons why this is a ludicrous suggestion and, undoubtedly, chaos would result if every party ended up with a negative number of votes.
economy is getting worse, the lowest reading on this negative number in two weeks; 39% rate the economy as "poor".
If you want the date nine months ago, use a negative number in the formula, such as: =EDATE(NOW(),-9).
In 1878 when two brothers stole a mathematical papyrus from the ancient Egyptian burial site in the Valley of Kings, they led scholars to the earliest known occurrence of the square root of a negative number. The papyrus offered a specific numerical example of how to calculate the volume of a truncated square pyramid, which implied the need for i.
If you got a negative number, take it away from your real age.
In degrees, undercooling is generally a negative number, and is the distance between the minimum recalescence of the untreated curve and the carbidic (tellurium induced) solidus arrest.
"It's still a negative number, but the response in stocks was not as negative as one would anticipate."
In this parameter, the values are expressed in terms of negative numbers. The lower the negative number, the stronger the signal.
(b) Would model makers ever find the scale expressed using a negative number? Does this mean that negative numbers cannot exist?
In this case, however, the curvature of the outer circle would be a negative number, because the other circles touch it from the inside rather than the outside.

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